It is extremely important that childcare providers become familiar with and understand New York regulations that can impact his/her program. Noncompliance may result in penalty fees, closure, or even criminal charges. This is why it is highly recommended that providers review the New York State Office of Children & Family (OCFS) website a few times a year for changes. OCFS is the New York licensing agency for child care.

A provider’s local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency can be of assistance in managing the complex web of regulations and multiple oversight agencies. CHCF is a resource available to providers and applicants located within the five boroughs of New York City. Please contact us with questions.

Regulations are only one component in providing high-quality care. A provider’s engagement with families and children, understanding of child development, ability to solve problems and manage the unexpected, practice of self-care and financial well-being are also key components impacting the quality of a program.

All Borough Offices
Walk-in hours at all offices are Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Language interpretation services are available free of charge.

1309 Fulton Ave., 4th Fl.
Bronx, NY 10456
(on the corner of E. 169th St. & Fulton Ave.)

  • For Group Center Child Care: (718) 579-7775
  • For Home-based & School-age Child Care: (718) 410-3903 or (718) 579-7771

Brooklyn and Staten Island
195 Montague St., 4th Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(between Court & Clinton)

  • For Group Center Child Care: (718) 222-6323
  • For Home-based & School-age Child Care: (718) 222-6390 or (718) 222-6399

125 Worth St., 9th Fl.
Rm 916, Box 40
New York, NY 10013
Tel.: (646) 632-6305

90-27 Parsons Blvd., 3rd Fl.
Jamaica, NY 11432
(between 90th Ave. & Jamaica Ave.)
Tel: (718) 480-2263/2265